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February 24, 2021

Iran
Biden and Iran: Two Questions

As the Biden administration enters its second month in power, two very large questions about its Iran policy remain unanswered. The first relates to nuclear negotiations. At the State Department p…

February 27, 2021

Iran
Biden Fires a Warning Shot at Iran

President Biden, after little more than a month in power, has used military force for the first time--against Iran. In my previous post here, "Biden and Iran: Two Questions," I asked what the preside…

March 4, 2021

Global
The President's Inbox Episodes by Topic

The President's Inbox (TPI) has produced more than two hundred episodes since it debuted in November 2016. The topics covered have ranged from Afghanistan to China to human rights to Russia to the ro…

Resolute desk

December 4, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: The Looming Iran Crisis

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Iran will likely provide an early test for Biden and his national security team.

The Iranian flag flies in front of a nuclear power plant.

February 9, 2021

Yemen
Biden and the Houthis

After two years at the State Department as Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela, I have returned to the Council on Foreign Relations and will start this blog going again.  Here is the first …

January 27, 2021

Defense and Security
Protecting Our Heroes From Disinformation on Social Media

The Department of Defense should implement a program to help service members and their families avoid falling victim to disinformation.

Members from all of the services of the US military march across in front of the White House.

January 22, 2021

Venezuela
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: Economic, Political, and Humanitarian Catastrophe in Venezuela

Paul J. Angelo is a fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey, experts ranked “accelerating economic collapse and political …

A demonstrator covered with a Venezuelan flag gestures in front of security forces during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 10, 2020.

January 21, 2021

Syrian Civil War
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: What's Next for Syria

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies and director of the International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars at the Council o…

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters walk in a field of flowers in Idlib, Syria, on April 15, 2020.

January 19, 2021

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2021: A North Korea Crisis

Scott A. Snyder is senior fellow for Korea studies and director of the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. As we turn the calendar on 2020 and embark on 2021, the inc…

A general view of Panmunjom is seen ahead of a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the Panmunjon declaration between North and South Korean leaders, on April 27, 2019.

January 15, 2021

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: What Can Biden Get Done?

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Biden faces substantial obstacles in his bid to remake U.S. foreign policy after four…

Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris sits behind President-Elect Joe Biden as he speaks at a podium labelled "Office of the President Elect."